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O God, let all the nations praise you!

-Psalm 67

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Definition: esteem for, and sense of worth of a person, group, culture, belief, etc.; honor; willingness to show consideration or appreciation
Synonyms: regard, consideration, courtesy, attention, honor, esteem, deference, admiration, tolerance, reverence, veneration

Discussion: Respect involves patience, open-mindedness, and deference for traditions, difference, age, race, religion, the earth, the self, and others. It means a fair and objective attitude toward opinions and practices that differ from one’s own. Respect may be based on inherent qualities, such as a person’s humanity, or may be earned through actions and experience.

Heartwood Story Quote:
In the evening Alice sat on her grandfather’s knee and listened to his stories of faraway places. When he had finished, Alice would say, “When I grow up, I too will go to faraway places, and when I grow old, I too will live beside the sea.”
“That is all very well, little Alice,” said her grandfather, “but there is a third thing you must do.”
“What is that?” asked Alice.
“You must do something to make the world more beautiful,” said her grandfather.
—Barbara Cooney, Miss Rumphius

Respect Quotations:
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” —The Golden Rule

“Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need.” —Dalai Lama

“Never bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world straight in the eye.” —Helen Keller

“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your parents. It was lent to you by your children.” —Kenyan proverb

“The earth does not belong to us, we belong to it.” —Black Elk

“Do not hurt your neighbor, for it is not him you wrong but yourself.” —Shawnee proverb

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Facets of Respect in Heartwood Stories (K - 6):
Identifying individual ways to respect and be respected by others (Silent Lotus)
Appreciating similarities and differences between two cultures (Masai and I)
Respect for one who is different; looking past the outward appearances to inner qualities (Crow Boy)
Respect for oneself and for the environment (Miss Rumphius)
Respect, honor, and reverence for self-sacrifice and service to one’s country; respecting the memory of the dead (The Wall)
Blending of cultures and demonstrating mutual respect for cultural differences (How My Parents Learned to Eat)
Respect for the earth; interdependence of all living things and how this interdependence impacts the future (The Great Kapok Tree)
Respect for diverse cultures, for tradition, for truth, and for the wisdom of elders (Chicken Sunday)

Information from http://www.heartwoodethics.org